Head of College’s Office

The Head of College is the head and ranking officer of Berkeley College, responsible for the college’s intellectual, social, athletic, and artistic life. The college is administered through the Head of College’s Office, which is staffed by an operations manager, senior administrative assistant, and student aides. The Head of College works closely with the Dean, Resident Fellows, the Dining Hall Manager, and other staff to build the best possible community for our students.

Head of College David A.D. Evans    

David A.D. Evans is a member of the faculty of the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences. Professor Evans focuses his research on plate tectonics, the past motions of continents across Earth’s surface. He is director of the Yale Paleomagnetism Laboratory, which traces this movement by measuring fossil magnetism preserved in ancient rocks from around the world.

His work has elucidated the configurations of vanished supercontinents named Pangea, Rodinia, and Nuna (each separated by about 600 million years); characterized the geometry of Earth’s ancient magnetic field; and provided evidence for globally engulfing “Snowball Earth” ice ages that occurred deep in Earth’s history, around the time when animals were first evolving. He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Western Australia before joining the Yale faculty in 2002. He especially enjoys sharing his knowledge of the world’s geology, climate, and natural resources with undergraduate students in his introductory-level courses at Yale.

Professor Evans grew up in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Yale College (where he was a resident of Berkeley) in 1992. His is a family of Berkeleyites: his father is BK’62 and his sister is BK’89. Aside from cheering on, often fruitlessly, his favorite professional sports teams (the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks), Head Evans’s main extracurricular passion is music, regularly playing contrabass in the Berkeley College Orchestra and occasionally slapping a bass guitar or reciting old-school hip-hop lyrics.

The Associate Head of Berkeley College, Lely Dai Evans, is a language educator and educational consultant. Raised in Taiwan, Lely received her undergraduate degree at Occidental College and a master’s degree in early violin music performance practice from The University of Western Australia. She also loves cooking and brings many aspects of food preparation, as well as music, into her teaching repertoire.

The Evanses are joined by their cavachon dog named Brie, who is hypoallergenic and growls only when she has not received the proper amount of petting or other attention from members of her international fan base.

 

Sarah Layedra, Operations Manager

Sarah Layedra joined Berkeley College in June 2017 and is the Operations Manager for Berkeley College.  With direction from Head of College David Evans, Sarah is responsible for managing the financial and administrative operations of Berkeley. This includes overseeing the college’s finances, events, and facilities. She is also the coordinator of the Paul Mellon Fellowship. In addition, Sarah oversees special projects, and serves as liaison between the college and the Yale College Business Office. This deceptive description fails to explain how truly vital Sarah is in maintaining the collegiate environment.  She manages every facet of college life including the oversight of College funds, fellowships and events. Because of Sarah’s involvement in many aspects of Berkeley College life, she will often be a student’s first recourse for questions about fellowships and college life. At most every event, you will find her working behind the scenes with Naomi DiGioia and the College Aides to ensure its success.

Sarah’s favorite free time activity is spending time with her husband Jose and son Andrés.

Sarah is in F15 and can be reached by e-mail at sarah.layedra@yale.edu or at (203) 436-2899 on weekdays. 

 

Naomi DiGioia, Senior Administrative Assistant II

Naomi DiGioia is the HoC Senior Administrative Assistant for Berkeley College and handles the day-to-day business of the Berkeley College Administrative Office; Naomi works with Sarah and the College Aides to manage college activities as well as the bustling Head of College’s Office. Naomi is the point person for any questions about college life and facilities (including scheduling use of public spaces like the Multipurpose Room, BK Gym, the Music Room, and the Mendenhall Room). If Naomi or the College Aides don’t have the answer, they will be able to direct you to someone who can help. Naomi is very efficient in helping you with any need you may run into including taking care of your chocolate cravings. She is also the person to see if you find yourself wrapped in a towel and locked out of your room. If you need to make an appointment with the Head of College, contact Naomi who is always willing to lend a hand or an ear to students who need it.  

Naomi has worked at Yale since 2004, working for Yale College Summer Session before joining Berkeley College in June of 2017.  Born and raised in the New Haven area, Naomi now lives in beautiful Beacon Falls with her husband and daughter.  In her spare time, Naomi likes to practice yoga, read, cook, and spend as much time as she can with family and friends.

Naomi is in F15 and can be reached by e-mail at naomi.digioia@yale.edu or at (203) 432-0501 on weekdays.

 

Jolanta Skonieczna, Service Assistant

Jolanta Skonieczna joined Berkeley College on February 1996 as the Swensen House Service Assistant.  She is  always ready to serve students and faculty.  Jolanta came to the USA from Poland.  In her free time she is a typical “soccer mom” and juggles her time between her three sons soccer games.  Most of all she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons.

Jolanta can be found in the Head of COllege house and can be reached by e-mail at jolanta.skonieczna@yale.edu.

 

 

College Aides

College Aides are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been chosen by the Head of College to assist Sarah and Naomi in running  the residential college. They help organize the many events sponsored by the Head of College’s office, from the First-year move-in and picnic at the beginning of the year to the Berkeley Commencement in May. Each is responsible for specific areas of the College, including the Berkeley Buttery, student kitchen, music room, wellness room (the Roost) and the Library. They can often be found in the Head of College’s Office helping make life slightly less stressful for Berkeleyites.

The 2023-2024 Berkeley College Aides Application will be avaliable in January 2023.

College’s Aides for 2022-2023

Zawar Ahmed ‘23
 
Zawar is from New Jersey majoring in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration & Psychology. Raised between Pakistan and America, he has a passion for activism and social theory. He is committed to building community wherever he may be, and serves as the co-president of BKCC, the Marketing Chair for both Yalies for Pakistan and the South Asian Society, and the Creative Director for the Herald.  He also works for the South Asian Studies Council, the Social Perception and Communications Lab, and (of course!), the Aides Office! In his free time, Zawar loves to paint, or procrastinate work by spending 3 hours at a time in the Berkeley Dining Hall. 
 

Charmain Bayalan ‘25

Charmaine was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Anchorage, Alaska when she was 12 years old.  She is planning on majoring in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. Her favorite places in Berkeley are the dining hall, the roost (especially the massage chair), and the courtyards. In her free time, you can catch her hanging out with her friends, binge watching Gossip Girl, baking chocolate chip cookies and going for drives. As an avid fan of Alaskan summers, you can find her camping, fishing, biking and hiking with her dad during the summer. She is looking forward to meeting new people through working as a Berkeley college aide!

Cameron Chacon ‘23
 
Cameron Chacon is studying Classical Civilizations and History of Art. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, they spend most of their time struggling to justify learning Ancient Greek and complaining about missing breakfast tacos from back home. They are passionate about ancient and modern theatre, going to museums, and spending time in Book Trader Coffee (always feel free to ask them for cafe recommendations in New Haven!). Their favorite part of Berkeley is the people, but the pizza is a close second.
 

Ben Crair ‘25

Ben is from nearby Guilford, Connecticut and is currently planning to double major in Earth and Planetary Sciences and Economics. He is a huge fan of the outdoors, and is the captain of the Yale Climbing Team and treasurer for Yale Outdoors. Around Berkeley, you can find him hanging around the Roost or planning events with the Berkeley College Council.

Andrik Garcia ‘25

Andrik is a prospective Sociology and Political Science major from Roma, TX. Originally from Mexico, he migrated to the Rio Grande Valley when he was eight. Andrik loves being involved with Matriculate, Yale Interpretation Network, Ballet Folklórico, and YUPP. On his free time, he loves to dance cumbias, run, and cook for his friends. Andrik’s favorite place in BK is the Coop’s massage chair. If you don’t hear him singing around campus, it’s probably because he is drinking a cold brew from Atticus. 

Thembi Gausi ‘24
 
Thembi is a prospective Mechanical Engineering major and sophomore who was born in Malawi and raised in Zimbabwe. She is passionate about aviation as well as all things airplanes, but is also someone who loves to explore, and is very interested in learning more about Economics and Statistics & Data Science. She is an Arsenal fan, a soccer fanatic, who loves to play nearly any and every sport. She loves meeting new people, and you can find her conversing with the dining hall staff, facilities, and operations, or randomly walking around. Do not be afraid to walk over and say hello! She is very excited to be a BK Aid, and is eagerly awaiting her first “real” experience at Yale during Fall ’21!
 
Wilhelmina Graff ‘24
 
Wilhelmina is from Utah who is thinking about majoring in Political Science. With a couple gap years under her belt, including one spent partially on a goat farm in Washington, she is looking forward to being back on campus. She plays for the Yale Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Ramona Quimby, and writes for the YDN Mag. Off campus, Wilhelmina loves backpacking, reading, cross-country road trips and debating the merits of fry sauce (she would argue that it is one of her home state’s best exports). On campus, you can often find her in the BK reading room, tossing a frisbee somewhere or spending time with her BK family. She looks forward to serving you as a college aide! 
 
Lari Ho ‘23
 
I’m a double major in French and Economics, from Scarsdale, NY. I’m a diver on the varsity Swimming and Diving team. When I’m not at Yale, I love traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I’ve always wanted to visit Greece and Italy! In my free time at Yale I love to hang out with friends in Berkeley, and volunteer my time at a local soup kitchen. I’m looking forward to be serving you all as an Aide this year!
 

Eunsoo Hyun ‘23

Coming Soon!

Grace Larrabee ‘23
 
Grace is Chief Aide of Berkeley College.  Grace is majoring in Neuroscience after taking a gap semester to become a licensed EMT admist the Coronavirus pandemic.  She is super excited to serve as Chief Aide of Berkeley College.  She loves to spend her nights eating tater tots and cookie dough in the BK buttery while pretending to study for exams.  Outside of Berkeley, Grace can be found performing in her cappella group Whim ‘n’ Rythym or volunteering with Yale Childresn’s Theater.
 

Goeun Lee ‘25

Goeun is a prospective psychology-neuroscience major in BK’25 who hopes to study global health and clinical psychology. (but this might change - she’s still navigating…) Goeun was born in South Korea, then moved to Los Angeles in 4th grade! She loves taking good photos of other people, guessing other peoples’ MBTI’s, sleeping-in past 12, going on spontaneous walks around the campus, traveling in her free time, and journaling. Most importantly, she loves spending late nights relaxing on the massage chair at Berkeley’s very own, Roost :)

Marla Mackoul ‘23

Coming Soon!

Treyton Martin ‘25

Treyton grew up in a small town in Indiana known for its Amish population. He plans on majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, mostly focusing on aquatic biology. On campus, Treyton spends a lot of his time in the Berkeley buttery, dining hall, and courtyards. In his free time, he loves the outdoors, anywhere from hiking to boating, hanging out with friends, and trying new foods. He can’t wait to be a bigger part of the BK community as a college aide!

Matt McNierney ‘24
Awuor Onguru ‘24
 
Aquor Onguru is majoring in English (with a concentration in Creative Writing) and History.  Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Awuor is passionate about the history and culture of post-colonial Africa, which influences the majority of her own writing.  She is a staff columnist for the Yale Daily News, sits on the News’ editorial board, and sings Alto in the Yale Glee Club.  When not serving in these capacities, you can find her lounging in the coop or singing int he halls, somewhere.
 
Chloe Papai ‘23
 
Chloe is frantically-trying-to-decide-what-she-wants-to-study in Berkeley, fueled entirely by caffeine. She loves walking around Yale and admiring all of the architecture, hanging out with her suitemates, and daydreaming about the cajun cooking from back home. She’s really excited to be an Aide and work for the BEST residential college there is.
 
Siraj Patwa ‘23
 
Siraj Patwa in Berkeley from Hamden, CT.  He is a Neuroscience major and also studies Global Health and Spanish.  Siraj is a huge fan of and participant in the Berkeley Intramural scene and enjoys playing pool and ping pong in the buttery and exploring the Yale campus.
 
Kamiye Runsewe ‘24
 
Kamiye is Junior Chief Aide and is from Maryland and loves literature and film photography. She’s involved with WORD: Performance Poetry at Yale and is super excited to serve as Co-Chief Aide of Berkeley College. Within Berkeley, she can be found swinging on the South Court hammock and lollygagging in the Roost.
 
Libby Snowden ‘24
 
Libby is planning to major in Chemistry and is so excited to be more involved in the BK community as an aide. With additional interests in American history and law, she is a member of the Yale Undergraduate Moot Court Team and a fellow in the Buckley Program. Around New Haven, she frequents the Jitterbus and Koffee?—which one she picks on a given day depends on what drink she’s in the mood for. Within Berkeley, she spends much of her of time with BK friends watching new shows the Mendenhall room or sharing meals in the courtyards.
 

Owen Wheeler ‘23

Coming Soon!

Sophie Wright ‘24

Coming Soon!